A contemporary women's novel, THE HONEYEATER is the compelling love story of a woman betrayed
by her first love, and how she ultimately triumphs.
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CONTEMPORARY WOMEN'S NOVEL ON LOVE, HEARTBREAK AND BETRAYAL
"The history of my family is one of thwarted love." So begins THE HONEYEATER, a compelling
tale of love and betrayal by author Yolanda A. Reid.
A contemporary women's novel, THE HONEYEATER is the story of a woman whose husband/first love
is unfaithful with the person she'd never expect: her sister; and of how she re-builds her life
and finds new love.
The author was inspired to write THE HONEYEATER after she read THE GOLDEN NOTEBOOK by Doris
Lessing. In the essay, "How I Wrote My Second Novel," Ms. Reid states, "I wanted to tell the
story of a woman betrayed by her first love. I knew infidelity was a main theme, but I wanted
her to survive and get stronger. Her name was Eulalia." Moreover, "She was so in love, but
very naive. What she lived through might have broken any one of us."
THE HONEYEATER features a painting ("Women for Peace") by artist Claudia Olivos.
Retail and review copies of THE HONEYEATER are available now.
THE HONEYEATER is the story of a woman, Eulalia, and her childhood
sweetheart, Fabio. A young, handsome, and brilliant doctoral candidate,
he has political ambitions. Soon after they wed, Fabio is unfaithful to Eulalia
with the person she’d never expect. Her sister. After she re-builds her life
with a new love, she is re-united with Fabio. Will Eulalia realize that he belongs
to her childhood—to the past? Or will she release her new life—alongside her
new love—to return to the man who loved and betrayed her? Once and for all, Eulalia
must choose between the two loves of her life, and so find a measure of happiness.
A story of love, heartbreak and renewal, THE HONEYEATER attests that a
young woman can survive love, heartbreak, betrayal. THE HONEYEATER is an
enthralling generational story of two families and the inevitable love that arose
between Eulalia and Fabio--who were not meant to fall in love, but did.
The history of my family is one of thwarted love. Or so it seems to me. For instance,
there is my great-uncle, Nando, who fell in love with a Japanese woman, by whom he fathered a
child, only to be thwarted from marrying her (as was his intention) by a sea captain who did
not believe in the intermingling of races. My grandmother once recounted to me this poignant
tale of her younger brother. I was thirteen years old. The two lovers, she said, were on a
sea boat journey when they impulsively decided to wed. Tío Nando went to the captain and
requested that he perform the wedding ceremony. The captain spoke in a husky Louisiana drawl.
‘What for you want to marry her?—‘Tain’t go’n’to happen. Not by me.” The boat came in to
port, and although the two lovers were to have a child one day, they never wed. Each time I
think of this story I imagine Hisae Ito, his beloved, clinging to her child, in tears. Of
course, he went on to love many women, but never (I believe) as he loved Hisae Ito. When I met
him he was a sad, boisterous man--obnoxious often, most comfortable in silence.
--An excerpt from Chapter I of THE HONEYEATER
"A love story at its core, this is not the typical 'boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, everyone lives happily
ever after' story. What is hidden in the pages of this book is most unexpected and will entice the reader to
continue to turn the pages. . . . "--Atlantic Book Review
"Yolanda A. Reid in THE HONEYEATER depicts a well-researched world of Latin culture with authentic foods,
fashion, furnishings and art in her descriptions of a patriarchal society. . . . One can only feel inspired by
Eulalia’s transformation from young girl to woman as she grows in empowerment."--Readers' Favorite
"THE HONEYEATER is rich and multi-faceted in many ways. . . . Yes, it's a love story; but, it's so much more.
It's also a story of eternal life, full circles, and transition points with the color and atmosphere of Panama encircling
all and adding a richness and depth most novels lack."--Midwest Book Review
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Yolanda A. Reid is the author of THE HONEYEATER, a contemporary women's novel about love,
heartbreak and betrayal. THE HONEYEATER was a finalist in the 2014 D.I.V.A. Awards. Yolanda's
first novel is PORRIDGE & CUCU: MY CHILDHOOD—-a young adult novel about a young
girl growing up in Panama and New York. Her poems and short fiction have appeared in literary
journals and e-zines such as “Women Writers: An E-zine,” “Starlight Poets” (Starlight Press),
"Mysteries of the Lyric World," and others. She writes frequently about books, writers, and
authors. Her current and most recent blog is Y Reid Books? at www.yreidbooks.blogspot.com.
She lives and writes in the US.
For more info, visit http://www.thehoneyeaternovel.com
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